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If It Is To Be,
It's Up To Me:

The Little-Known Backstory of the United States Concealed Carry Association

If It Is To Be, It's Up To Me:

The Little-Known Backstory of the
United States Concealed Carry Association

Chapter 9:

The Police Are Not Your Bodyguards


Tim: Here’s the deal: U.S. Concealed Carry Association members receive education, training and self-defense liability insurance for two reasons. The first reason is because America needs thoughtful, responsible citizens who are trained to-

Roy: What about the police?

Tim: What do you mean?

Roy: There are almost 700,000 sworn police officers in the United States. Why do we need a “happy homeowner” to carry his or her own gun?

Tim: I’m glad you asked that question.

Roy: And your answer is?

Tim: The job of a policeman is to find lawbreakers and present them to the courts for prosecution. That’s it. The police are not your personal bodyguards. They will respond when you report a crime, but until that crime happens to you, you’re on your own.

Roy: Are you sure about that?

Tim: One hundred percent. If you know any policemen, or lawyers, or district attorneys, just ask them.

Oh, now don’t get me wrong, I have the utmost respect for our police force. They have one of the toughest jobs out there, but I’ll say it again, they’re NOT your personal bodyguards.

There’s an old saying in the concealed carry community: “When seconds count, the police are minutes away.” Think about it, Roy. If you do the math, there are approximately 2.12 sworn police officers for every 1,000 U.S. citizens. How on earth can you expect them to be right next to you when some criminal decides that you’re their next victim?

The ONLY people who you can guarantee will be there are the criminals and … YOU! And that’s why it makes so much sense for average, everyday Americans to be prepared to protect and defend themselves and their families!

Roy: You were telling me about how “America needs citizens who are trained to…” and then I interrupted you.

Tim: I said the U.S. Concealed Carry Association members receive education, training and self-defense liability insurance for two reasons. The first reason is because America needs thoughtful and responsible citizens who are trained to avoid danger, save lives and keep their families safe, and the second reason we provide self-defense liability insurance is because we trust the people we have trained. Come over here and look on my computer. I want you to read this email from a member. 

[Seven-second pause] Read that out loud.

Roy: “I did everything right and was charged with first-degree murder. I called the USCCA, and they went right to work. Since then, my case has been dismissed and labeled as self-defense. My advice: Don’t carry a firearm without protection from the aftermath of possibly having to use it. Thanks, USCCA! — Brian”

Wow.

How many of your members have ever drawn their weapons and then called on you to provide legal representation?

Tim: Quite a few.

In fact, according to our own insurance actuarial numbers, a responsible USCCA member is three times as likely to need to file a homeowners insurance claim as compared to a self-defense insurance claim. However, the self-defense claim, on average, will cost seven times as much as the homeowners claim.

Not to mention that if your house burns down, you just build a new house. If you’re successfully prosecuted for a crime you didn’t commit, well, you could go to jail for a very long time.

Roy: OK. Those are some sobering numbers.

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